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#1 of 10 Old 08-22-2004, 07:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, so I've heard such good things about this brand of clothing but I've never really taken the time to brouse the website. So I am and I'm a bit baffled by the sizing. I see the sizing chart but one size is 10-24 months. That's quite a range! For that size range, the height goes up to 34 inches but weight to 27 lbs. Brett is almost at 27 lbs but is rather short legged, although I'm not 100% sure of his height. In conventional sizes, he generally wears a size 18 month pants and even some of those are a bit long on him, although do-able.

So if you have HA clothes, how do they wear? Do then tend to run big or small, tall or short, etc? I'm really liking some of their clothes but am really afraid to buy just yet because of the sizing. TIA!
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BrettsMama,

In what I've read from HA, it says that there is no need to order larger b/c they've taken that into consideration w/ their sizing. Evidently, they make their clothing bigger. That being said, I have HA dresses for my dd & they seem to be fitting "just right." I got some sized 50 & sized 60 stuff for her. She's 6 wks right now & fitting right into the sized 60 stuff. She can still wear the 50 stuff, but not for much longer & I think that says 0-3 months.

The advantage to HA is that it can last & last & last. I bought dd's stuff 2nd hand & it she's worn them quite a few times. They will definitely go through another couple of kiddos. Also, my ds got some HA pj's he wore for 2 winters (he's kind of small & they were ordered kind of big) & now they're being worn by a friend's kiddo.

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I'm a HUGE Hanna fan ( I just put an order in at the WA outlet store) and my dd is always able to wear her Hanna's for 2 seasons. If you order the "right" size, they'll be a little big in the begining but they fit just right for the longest time. I just packed away Sav's playdress/daydress that she wore for 2 years in hopes of having another little girl to wear it one day. They really last and last well, and the same goes for their adult clothing.

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We have a lot of HA around here too. Most of the pants are too long on my son who is on the shorter side. He has been wearing size 80 for a year now and still there is no sign of him growing out of them. The best thing is that after a year nothing looks worn. I have had to throw away some Osh Kosh and Gap but never a Hanna.

I would give it a try. They have great customer service so if you have to return it it is no problem.
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Use the chart and go by size. My dd is thin, and I tend to size her down if she's on the line with sizes...for example, for her, 80's from last year still fit, especially shirts, but the dresses look a little short. 90's were way to big in the spring, but are ok now in dresses and shirts. She's thin, and no diapers so 90 pants are a little too generous, but in these last few weeks are working out. So it seems like other people experience this too...often you get a season and a half out of each item. I agree with HA, go by size not age. Their fabrics and excellent, durable, soft and wash and wear very well. With a slow growing child like mine, it works out great. If I had a very quick growing child and was not planning on handing down or reselling, it might not be as good a buy. I tend to be pretty good at getting out stains - and DD might be better then some children about making stains...so that's something else I would consider. I think HA's thicker fabric sometimes need more precise stain treatment. I have had good experiences with used HA items, too.

For a thin child some HA things are perfect, some are cut a bit too wide...like Land's End. Where Old Navy on the other hand tends to be cut too slim for my niece but generally perfect for DD.
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I'd say 95% of my kid's wardrobes are Hannas. Imo, HA is the best children's clothing out there. 100% cotton, some even organic, no-fade colors, extreme durability, comfy.

When ordering, always determine what size your child needs by the height measurement. Unless your child is EXTREMELY skinny or chubby, the height is the most accurate way to ensure a proper fit.

You can't go wrong with these clothes. My kids live in the 'zippers'.

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For what I don't sew myself I like to buy Hanna clothes for Morgan (and I'm sure baby Raelyn will have quite a bit when she comes as well) Morgan can normally wear them for two seasons and HA clothes looks good even when they're a little big.
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I agree with the poster who said the clothes are often a little big when you first get them, then fit just right for a long time. The pants are easy to roll up, and the tops don't look sloppy if they're a little big.

My DD is extremely tall for her age, but we go by their height sizing chart, and everything fits fine.

The only size issue I've had with Hannas is that DD is also extremely long-waisted, and has to have the next size up in playsuits. So you might want to take that into consideration if you're buying playsuits for your son.

Also, Hanna's baby clothes are made to fit very well over cloth diapers, if that's a consideration for you.

You won't regret trying Hannas (but your credit card might!) My mom and I are kind of addicted.

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One caveat is that the zippers can easily be cuffed if you choose a bigger size. My son (who is 14 months, 30 inches, 21 pounds) wore size 70 zippers without too much trouble at the end of last winter and will easily be able to wear them again for this winter. Their clothes just seem to be designed so that they don't look bad when oversized and continue to fit long past the recommended height/weight. I've had a few items I've had to exhcange for smaller sizes (mostly pants). I tend to buy shirts big and he will rewear most of his shirts now next spring/early summer.

The cotton is so dreamy soft -- I bought a hanna t-shirt for myself and it is one of my favorites.

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I love Hanna's

I made the mistake of ordering up for my kids (for example, I usually buy my daughter the 10-12 age size at Target, even though she is 7...I don't buy her the 7-8 size at Target because it will be too small too soon) and the clothes were way too big and I had to return them for smaller. Since then I learned my lesson, and order their "true" size.

The quality is wonderful and soft and will indeed wear for years. The underwear (when you get to that stage) is perfection and will last through many kids if need be.

I would also like to say I really love the Mama clothes. I have many clothes (LOVE the yoga pants and t-shirts) from Hanna that I have bought over the last 7 years, and they still look beautiful and never shrink or fade.

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